Abuja—The National Secretary, Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, Mr. Peter Ameh, yesterday called on the Federal Government to resolve the oil dispute between Kogi and Anambra states in the interest of peace.
Ameh, who made the call in an interview in Abuja, said Elf Oil Company visited the area in 1976 to verify the presence of oil in the state.
He commended the Deputy Governor of Kogi State Mr. Yomi Awoniyi, who doubles as the chairman of the state Boundary Commission, SBC, for writing to the National Boundary Commission, NBC, responsible for boundary matters.
He urged President Goodluck Jonathan to allow the NBC to look into the matter and resolve it between the two states peacefully.
He said: “The Federal Government should find a lasting solution to the disputed oil areas because it is what binds the people together and their means of livelihood.
“We the people of Kogi believe that the OPL 195 and the OPL 916 belong to the people of Kogi and not Anambra as earlier pronounced by the government.”
He said one of the disputed oil wells was actually located in Igbaji area of Kogi and not in Anambra adding that the mere fact that a refinery was built there did not give the ownership to Anambra.
“ We do not intend to quarrel with our Anambra counterpart that is why we are appealing to the government to wade into the matter and resolve it amicably.
“ We are also appealing to our people to remain calm and law abiding while we wait patiently for justice to be done,” he said
According to him, whatever belongs to Kogi, “ we shall get it through the right channel, we are not struggling to be an oil producing state, whatever belongs to a state, the state owns it”.
He also urged the Federal Government to set up a committee to look into the disputed oil areas between these two states for the good of the country.
He expressed optimism that if government tackled corruption headlong, it would go a long way to sanitise the system.
Ameh stressed that until Nigerians began to see governance as their own, there was no way the society could move forward and get it right.